- Interestingly, technology also helps us to improve our travel by allowing us navigational tools, tools to research and enjoy our destinations and tools to connect and keep in touch while we are on the road.
- According to a recent Pew study, "Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online 'almost constantly.’”
- For grown ups in families, being tethered by our cell phones may mean that we remain connected to work duties 24/7 which keep us from being able to enjoy our families during vacation.
- Determine in advance your desired level of disconnectedness and discuss it as a family.
- Use tools such as “Smart Limits” from ATT to set limits and manage your family’s phone usage.
- Consider going into “airplane mode” for a scheduled period each day. This provides you the ability to take photos to be shared later, but to stay offline while enjoying family fun.
- Of the 31% of teens in the Pew study who indicated that social media had a positive impact on their lives, 40% pointed to their ability to connect with loved ones as their primary reason for enjoying social media.
- Of the 27% of teens who said it had a negative impact, their primary concerns were bullying, rumor spreading and harm to their real world relationships.
- Family vacation time provides the perfect opportunity to have open conversations about your teens’ and children’s mental well-being, their dreams, and their relationships. Ask your children how these tools make them feel, how they are impacting them emotionally and spiritually. Emerge from your time together with a plan of action and a commitment for the whole family.
Copyright 2018 Lisa Hendey
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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of CatholicMom.com, a bestselling author and an international speaker. A frequent radio and television guest, Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and communications. Visit Lisa at LisaHendey.com or on social media @LisaHendey for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish, school or organization. Visit Lisa's author page on Amazon.com.